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'Mother of Mercy' beatification in Kenya draws tens of thousands

VATICAN CITY -- Massive crowds attended Saturday's beatification of early twentieth-century Italian missionary, Sister Irene Stefani, who was known as “mother of mercy” to the Kenyan people she cared for. Pope Francis remembered the new blessed during his Regina Caeli address on Sunday in Rome, recalling how the member of the Consolata Missionaries had served the Kenyan people “with joy, mercy, and tender compassion.


Blessed Romero 'another brilliant star' belonging to Church of the Americas

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) -- Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped, and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians.


Look of love: Jesus' gaze will change your life, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The gaze of Jesus can change a person's life just like it did with St. Peter, Pope Francis said. "He always looks at us with love. He asks us something, he forgives us and he gives us a mission," the pope said May 22 during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.


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